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Neck Pain / Whiplash

Movement is good for you – and for whiplash

Your whole body must stay active to stay healthy. It thrives on use. Use it or lose it!

Regular physical activity:

  • Gives you strong bones
  • Develops fit active muscles
  • Keeps you supple
  • Makes you fit
  • Makes you feel good
  • Releases natural chemicals that reduce the pain

Whiplash facts:

  • Permanent damage is rare. The long-term outlook is good.

  • Most whiplash injuries are not serious. There is usually no serious damage to the bones, discs or nerves in the spine. Serious injuries are nearly always detected early

  • Some people only develop pain a day or two after the accident. That is a good sign. It means the damage to your neck is not serious

  • Everyone knows that whiplash causes neck pain, but some people also get low back pain. Again, there is rarely any serious damage to the back

  • The acute pain usually improves within days or a few weeks, at least enough to get on with your life

  • What you do in the early stages is very important. Rest for more than a day or two usually does not help and may actually prolong pain and disability

  • Your neck is designed for movement – a lot of movement. The sooner you get your neck moving and doing your ordinary activities as normally as possible, the sooner you will feel better

  • The people who cope best with whiplash are those who stay active, exercise their neck, and get on with life despite the pain

Our Physiotherapist will give you advice on:

  • Exercises
  • Pain Relief
  • Posture
  • Sleeping Positions